Generally stable with the exception of heating on solar aspects. I'm giving solar aspects a wide berth. The lull in activity is a great time to be looking at the snow surface in anticipation of the next storm. I'm giving solar aspects a wide berth when things start heating up.
Warm and sunny
|Older than a week
West facing 8,200'
|Natural that likely happened on Sunday or Monday a week ago (2/4) Ran approximately 600' vertically. I would guess storm snow only. Worth noting that folks skied this path a week or so before it ran with only sluffing...
This weekend my primary concern was heating. Aspects with any south were either damp or crusted depending on time of day. On Sunday we planned to ski west aspects with an early exit before heating. We exited at about 1.30 pm after observing some large roller balls starting at 7,500' feet plus in elevation. See photo below. I didn't feel the need to stick around and subject myself to additional objective hazards.
High west aspects were wind damaged in places.
|I would expect souths being reactive with heating. Both Wet slab and wet loose.
At this point for skiers problems limited to south aspects. I think if I wasn't a gaper sledder who sticks to roads, I would be concerned about steep norths. The most recent activity is less than a week out.
Stayed of south aspects (bottom 180 degrees of the compass.Close